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Vinyl flooring recycling scheme marks first anniversary

Vinyl flooring recycling scheme marks first anniversary
It was founded by leading flooring manufacturers Altro and Polyflor to tackle growing volumes of waste sent to landfill.

In the past 12 months, the industry-led take-back initiative has collected and recycled 155 tonnes of uplifted vinyl and safety flooring and off-cuts. Around 175 tonnes is projected for the coming year, representing a 15% increase year on year.

Recofloor’s 242 members across the UK and Ireland comprise flooring contractors, drop-off sites at flooring distributors and waste transfer stations, as well as construction projects at schools, hospitals and leading retail stores.

Recofloor project manager Jane Gardner of Axion Consulting, the scheme’s agents, said: “Having created a free-standing industry scheme, the next challenge was to develop a sustainable, cost-effective and efficient collection system. This is now a reality with large volumes of flooring being diverted from landfill – benefiting the environment and reducing waste disposal costs for members.”